Violence Against Women Act: Why Is Senator Roy Blunt Still Opposing? LGBT Protections?

Meanwhile Missouri Senator Claire McKsakill, a Democrat, has been rallying support for VAWA.

Here's a recent press release from her office:

KANSAS CITY - Following passage in the U.S. Senate of legislation renewing the Violence Against Women Act, former Jackson County Prosecutor and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill--alongside current Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight--appeared in Kansas City and Columbia to call on the U.S. House to end its nine-month delay and pass the critical legislation.

"The Violence Against Women Act provides prosecutors and law enforcement the resources they need to protect Missourians from domestic abuse and to assure offenders are held to account," McCaskill said. "This reauthorization has now passed two times in the Senate--the President is waiting to sign it--we're all waiting for action in the House. They need to act."

At today's events, McCaskill discussed her work with victims of domestic violence as the first female prosecutor for Jackson County. As head of the largest prosecutor's office in the state, McCaskill established a special Domestic Violence Unit to combat domestic violence and child abuse.

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed the Senate this week with a strong bipartisan vote of 78-22, and now awaits consideration in the U.S. House. A similar measure passed the Senate last year, but never received a vote in the House. Originally passed in 1994, support for the legislation's renewal in 2000 was passed with a 95-0 vote in the Senate, and a 371-1 vote in the House. An even stronger consensus emerged in 2005, with unanimous approval in the Senate, and a 415-4 vote in the House.

Last year, McCaskill was joined by every Democratic woman in the U.S. Senate as they signed a letter sent to all the women in the U.S. House, encouraging them to pass the languishing VAWA reauthorization.

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10 comments
Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Larry because more laws make people feel safer.

Larry Schuff
Larry Schuff

Uhh, syooopid me, but don't we ALREADY have laws against violence? Why do we NEED segmented laws like this?

Sarah Wess Potter
Sarah Wess Potter

VAWA used to be a routine reauthorization. We are so polarized now that this important and valuable legislation is being maligned. It is wrong to stop this bill.

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

Come on now folks!!! Do you really think anyone in their right mind would not support what this bill is about??? What's really happening here is that Senators are opposing it because extra items have been added to this bill that do not have anything to do with what the bill is about. They in turn use this to say their political opponent does not support protecting women from violence when the next election comes around! From left to right, these types of games played by politicians should not be tolerated! This is simply a chess game.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Domestic violence is not a federal issue.This has nothing to do with LGBT issues. If you believe more should be done to help women who are victims of violence, lobby your state or local representatives as crime is their pervue.

Donna Parks Ratkowski
Donna Parks Ratkowski

Let's just say this isn't the first time I've been offended by Senator Blunt.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Crime is crime. Why should LGBT be treated any differently?

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

I cant wait til that twunt is gone.......

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